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A thousand games

‘Imposing’ Bundesliga milestone for Heynckes

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It all began on 14 August 1965, the day of the Beatles’ last appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, when Jane Fonda married director Roger Vadim in Las Vegas, and Bayern took on 1860 Munich in the Bundesliga as a newly-promoted club. Elsewhere, there was another significant debut, as a 20-year-old by the name of Jupp Heynckes made his maiden top-flight appearance for Borussia Mönchengladbach in a 1-1 draw away to Borussia Neunkirchen.

A further 386 appearances as a player for Gladbach and Hannover were still to come, followed by no fewer than 630 games as head coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt, Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and last but not least FC Bayern. Nearly 48 years later, the 67-year-old Heynckes recorded his 631st match as head coach in FCB's home meeting with Werder Bremen. The game saw the veteran supremo clock up the remarkable total of 1,000 Bundesliga matches.

“It's an imposing total," commented Heynckes, whose career top-flight total is considerably greater due to spells in Spain and Portugal. In the Bundesliga, he lags only Otto Rehhagel, the first individual to pass the 1,000 barrier with 1,033 matches, 201 as a player and 832 as a coach.